This rhyme is based on a Chinese novel from the 16th century called "Journey to the West".
Xuanzang was a Buddhist Monk and translator from the Tang dynasty who travelled to India to bring back some Buddhist scriptures (sutras). He's a real person, yet the novel is a folk tale account of his journey. In the novel, Xuanzang is given three protectors to accompany him on his journey - the monkey Sun Wukong, the pig Zhu Bajie and Monk Sha (Sandy).
Journey to the West
Monk Xuanzang rides his white horse, clop, clop,
Followed by Monkey Sun Wukong.
Sun Wukong, runs very fast,
Followed by Pig Zhu Bajie.
Zhu Bajie has a long nose,
Followed by Monk Sha, called Sandy
Sandy is lugging a heavy load,
Behind him came an old monster.
The monster, with the most poisonous heart,
Has deceived Monk Xuanzang and Pig Zhu
Monk Xuanzang and Pig Zhu are really baffled,
They cannot tell if it's a human or a monster.
They couldn't see it, they were deceived,
It was lucky that Monkey Sun Wukong's eyes are bright.
His eyes are bright with a golden light,
He holds the golden cudgel up high.
His golden cudgel has power
And wipes out all the demons and monsters.
tángsēng qímǎ dōng nàgè dōng,
hòumiàn gēnzhe gè sūnwùkōng.
Sūnwùkōng, pǎo dé kuài,
hòumiàn gēnzhe gè zhūbājiè.
Zhūbājiè, bízi zhǎng,
hòumiàn gēnzhe gè shā héshàng.
Shā héshàng, tiāozhe luó,
hòumiàn láile gè lǎo yāopó.
Lǎo yāopó, xīn zuì dú,
piànguò tángsēng hé lǎo zhū.
Tángsēng lǎo zhū zhēn hútú,
shì rén shì yāo fēn bù qīng.
Fēn bù qīng, shàng liǎo dàng,
duōkuī sūnwùkōng yǎnjīng liàng.
Yǎnjīng liàng, mào jīnguāng,
gāo gāo jǔ qǐ jīn gū bàng.
Jīn gū bàng, yǒu lìliàng,
yāomóguǐguài xiāomiè guāng.
Thanks to Yi Lin for reciting this rhyme for us!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Translated by Lisa.
Images: Photograph of painting depicting a scene from the Chinese classic Journey to the West. The painting shows the four heros of the story, left to right: Sun Wukong, Xuanzang, Zhu Wuneng, and Sha Wujing. The painting is a decoration on the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. The photograph was taken by Rolf Müller on April 17, 2005 and is cc. The first photo is a detail of the 2nd one.